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Zimmerman found "Not Guilty"

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    jared I will not answer for johnny but as for myself if the roles were reversed I would accept the verdict of the jury.

    If found not guilty I would accept it and move on.

    If found guilty I would accept it and move on.

    I may not agree with the verdict, but I would accept it. We ALL should.

    That's why we have a justice system in this country, so that they can have a trial and get the best verdict possible.
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    There was no evidence that George was stalking anyone, there was testimony given that George was watching an unidentified male taking what could of been shortcuts between the houses while it was raining, so there is no reversal of roles, George did not have his weapon in his hand as he was watching Trayvon, also George was not a vigilante seeking some kind of street justice outside the bounds of Constitutional Law, he was a neighborhood town watch volunteer, that's all, nothing more and nothing less, to try and make a hypothetical and unable to prove theory your argument for your reason as to an unjust verdict is just unfair and does a disservice to our little debate.
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    I will never become complacent with a broken justice system that treats one race differently than others. Our system is a sham for most of our black citizens and anyone that says it is not needs to read some statistics about prosecutions in this country of ours. Just look at the case of Marissa Alexander, also from Florida. She fired a WARNING shot because she claimed her husband was trying to abuse her. She claimed "Stand Your Ground" and it was denied. She is now spending 20 years in prison for hurting no one. Ask yourself if THAT is justice at work.

    I want to know if anyone truly believes that if Trayvon Martin was the shooter that night that he would not have been arrested on the spot.
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    johnnycee Wrote: There was no evidence that George was stalking anyone, there was testimony given that George was watching an unidentified male taking what could of been shortcuts between the houses while it was raining, so there is no reversal of roles, George did not have his weapon in his hand as he was watching Trayvon, also George was not a vigilante seeking some kind of street justice outside the bounds of Constitutional Law, he was a neighborhood town watch volunteer, that's all, nothing more and nothing less, to try and make a hypothetical and unable to prove theory your argument for your reason as to an unjust verdict is just unfair and does a disservice to our little debate.
    Everything you said is George Zimmerman's side of the story. Like I said in a previous post--there are two people that know what happened and one is dead. Just because you believe Mr. Zimmerman's side of the story does not mean it is the truth.
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    It's like everything else in life, if you can't prove your case then what's left is the only story available, and it may not be the truth to the matter but absent any other provable fact, it's the only story that must prevail. I believe George's version because there is no evidence to suggest otherwise.
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    johnnycee Wrote: It's like everything else in life, if you can't prove your case then what's left is the only story available, and it may not be the truth to the matter but absent any other provable fact, it's the only story that must prevail. I believe George's version because there is no evidence to suggest otherwise.
    I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoy debating you johnnycee. We may not agree on nearly anything, but you do force me to figure out why I have the opinions that I do. I respect your opinions and your views are a welcome counterpoint to my argument.

    With regards to this case. I have to admit that I am biased because of my past work history and life experiences witnessing how black teenagers in this country are discarded like pieces of meat. We must start having a discussion in this country about the culture of black teenagers being the enemy. Just because they were born black doesn't make them a criminal. Just because they experiment with marijuana and try other things that nearly every teenager in America tries doesn't make them a criminal. And just because they are walking while black doesn't make them a criminal.

    The greater issue at hand is the culture that we have allowed to flourish in this society that says all black men are to be looked at with caution. Can you, I, or anyone that isn't black honestly say what it feels like to be racially profiled? Can any of us honestly say what it is like to be followed at night by an overly ambitious neighborhood watch man? I would venture to say that we can not profess what this is like. So, how can there be any unbiased jury in this case? How can five white women and a non-white Hispanic honestly know what Trayvon felt that night? Maybe he did throw the first punch, but would you if you were in the same situation? Would you have "stood your ground" or run away?
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    For me, the more frightening thing is that there are HUNDREDS, maybe thousands, of 'neighborhood watch' members out there. Many envision themselves as 'The Law', 'Authorized Protector of the Neighborhood' and take it upon THEMSELVES to act as police officers- often with little or no training, and NO supervision. That scares the socks off me!!

    Zimmerman was told to remain in the car, not pursue the individual, and he became irritated that 'these people always get away'. It is a very, very disturbing situation, and small wonder it has such sad consequences. I have little fear for myself (I'm a mature 5'3" white woman with a concealed carry permit, complete with law enforcement training and handling experience). A self-appointed zealot like Zimmerman is a danger to himself and others...those of us that take the responsibility to train and legally license ourselves for our protection would consider HIM a threat. Had he pursued me, FAILED TO STOP HIS APPROACH and identify himself AT A DISTANCE, I'D have probably been the one on trial.

    We need to be more respectful in this country. Act responsibly, behave appropriately and, well, plan ahead to keep yourself out of dicey situations. Being out after dark is simply more dangerous...where I grew up it was grizzlies...so you got your act together in the light of day. Make America WORTHY of God's blessings...

    'Packaging' often sets the tone for people's behavior, sadly. Perceptions are not real- except to the one who's doing the perceiving. In the dark of night, even ME in a hoodie might make somebody nervous, ME in a slinky short skirt and stiletto heels lingering on a dimly lit street corner might send the wrong message. My father told me 'Beware not only of evil, but the APPEARANCE of evil.' It's less likely that you'll have an adverse experience- regardless of gender, race, faith, age, appearance- if you STAY HOME after dark and mind your own business.

    The whole thing is sad. Let's work on getting 'neighborhood watch' volunteers trained and more carefully managed.